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Old 03-12-2019, 05:52 PM   #29
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That's the way they used to do it! Right?

People drank wine and other alcoholic drinks pretty much all the time, because the alcohol killed pathogens in the water.

That would have been a tough time for me...I guess you get used to it.
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:34 PM   #30
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But how many people drive around with 50-100 ppm residual chlorine in their water tank? Most people leave the rig parked for the required time. And do they also sanitize their white hose? If in doubt, its safer to use water that is doubtless safe.
We're probably one of the few. However, we rarely drink the water from our camper. Instead we carry two gallon jugs and fill where we feel the water is potable and tasty. We do boil the water for our coffee, so it comes out of our tap. We also taste the water before it goes in our tanks. A month ago, the water at Kartchner Caverns State Park tasted terrible so none went in the tank. Yes, we travel down the road with our fresh water tank full, and we've yet to go to two parks in a row with bad water (we're cursed now!).

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Old 03-12-2019, 10:51 PM   #31
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i liked this thread
lots of good pointers from the experienced trailer skippers around here
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I also always use a camco inline filter for the hose when I fill my water tank. If nothing else, since a lot of times I'm filling with well water, it filters sediment that could clog the system or water pump over time.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:17 AM   #33
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I use a Culligan RVF-10 Exterior RV Drinking Water Filter. This is not used to pump in untreated water into the trailer fresh water tank, only water that is acceptable for human consumption. My main objective is to remove sediment to protect the water pump.

I never use the hose at the dump station to fill my fresh water tank.
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I never use the hose at the dump station to fill my fresh water tank.
That's a very, very good call. I'm amazed at what I see people in line ahead of me do...

I had heard the term "frost free" when it came to water spigots for a while, but never thought too much about it. Finally at the dump station one day, a guy came over and warned me that the previous Rv'er had shoved the water hose way up his black water tank to flush it. He figured there was a chance that when he turned it off, it could have actually sucked some of the waste back down into the spigot, since, he informed me "how do you think it stays frost free?". It keeps from freezing by reversing flow once you shut it off, so there's no water left in the line.

I have my own hose, and the inline filter. I'd prefer not to fill my tank at the dump station at all, but it's my only option most times.
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:00 PM   #35
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Well this thread has really gone off the rails.
We ended up getting a bit more of cold snap, so I've decided to hold off de-winterizing this week.
Water heater doesn't look like it has any issues, but I won't really know until I can drain my antifreeze and get water running through it again.

As far as drinking water from the fresh tank...
I used plastic jugs as a tent camper for the last 12 years, so using the fresh water tank isn't a debate for me. I'm filling up my water bottles from my sink and there is no amount of germophobia that is going to talk me out of it.
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Well this thread has really gone off the rails.
If you plan on sticking around, get used to it!

Yup, everyone does what they're comfortable with. We're lucky to have very good tap in water in this country, in general.
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pulled the anode today. After a good amount of calcium came a torrent of water. I am kind of blown away how much water was in there.

Iím going to order a new anode now, does this level of deterioration seem low, medium, or high?
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Low, say I. New ( left ). Replace ( right ).
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What Glenn. It is supposed to corrode: It is a sacrificial device, so let it do its job, completely. On the other hand we go out for 4 to 6 months at a time, maybe longer, and I do not want to have to worry about changing it out on the road so I sometimes don't follow the advice given here....
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